Studio Leroy Douglas Violins Eugene, OR

Old School Making Process

Following the traditional construction system "Sistema Cremonese," refined by Antonio Stradivari late 17th- early 18th-Century. Proportionally designed and created through carving and sculpting—all handtools: planes, chisels, gouges, knives, files, and scrapers.

Since 1997 my area of interest and research has focused on the most challenging of the stringed instrument family—mainly the violin. Both passion and commitment led me to Italy early on in studying the secrets of the Renaissance makers. By understanding the selection of materials and the working methods of the early master makers, coupled with contemporary research and insights, my instruments are created in the spirit of the Cremonese tradition: in beauty, tone, and playability. As a maker it is about cultivating a depth of sound, including tonal color: richness, warmth and complexity & artistically speaking it is about line, proportion and form. The combined result—bench made professional quality instrumnets at competitive prices. A few select violins available at this time. Member (VSA) Violin Society of America.

A few related links of interest.

2018 NW Handmade Musical Instrument Exhibit

2018 NW Handmade Musical Instrument Exhibit

Mark your calendars Saturday, April 28th – Sunday, April 29th, 2018, for the next Northwest instrument show. The exhibition features instrument makers and performers of the Pacific Northwest. Held on the campus of Marylhurst University, just south of Portland, Oregon.   See Map

The International Pernambuco Conservation Initiative

The International Pernambuco Conservation Initiative

Pernambuco has been used in the making of bows for over 250 years, enhancing the performance of stringed music for generations. Today, pernambuco is increasingly rare and endangered in many areas of its native habitat. Help preserve this precious wood.

Triennale Competition Cremona, Italy

Stradivari Festival
Cremona, Italy

September 23th - October 8th 2017, the Stradivari Festival, focusing on music for string instruments. Organized by the Museo del Violino which promotes the International "Triennale" competition of Violin Making Antonio Stradivari (held next in 2018.)